West Brom’s Sam Johnstone could be under threat with Albion leaking goals

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West Brom’s unbeaten run continued past a sixth successive match, which puts them fourth in the table and to within a touching distance of third-placed Leeds United.

The Baggies defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at the Hawthorns, with all five goals involved in the thriller coming in the first half.

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Bradley Dack pounced on a defensive error in the very first minute to give the visitors a shocking lead but an 18-minute goal-laden spell shortly later turned the game entirely on its head.

Goals came from Matt Phillips, Jake Livermore, and Grady Diangana before goalkeeper Sam Johnstone spilt a cross into the path of Bradley Johnson, who was able to scramble one back on the stroke of half-time.

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Johnstone has to be careful.

Baggies boss Slaven Bilic strengthened his goalkeeping department with the addition of Ali Al-Habsi last week, adding to his former Reading teammate Jonathan Bond, who had been backing up the number one so far this season.

Fans have already been through it all with Johnstone – one game they were calling for Bond to replace him, another game they were praising him for his shot-stopping exploits.

This latest blunder won’t have helped his cause.

West Brom may well be unbeaten, but they are yet to record a clean sheet in any game this season so surely that’s a concern for the manager.

The 26-year-old is merely rating out at 6.53 per game having started all six league matches, which is rather poor, so he will be kept fully on his toes with both Bond and now Al-Habsi waiting in the wings.

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